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Jon Huntsman Thought Cap And Trade Was Awesome Before He Didn't

Jon Huntsman strongly backed cap-and-trade legislation to stop global warming. In 2007 he cut an ad, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, calling for Congress to cap carbon emissions. In the 2008 Utah Governor's debate, he said he would strongly support cap and trade legislation. But Huntsman has reversed his position and told Sean Hannity last year he only supported the policy because everyone was doing it at the time.

Posted on January 10, 2012, at 3:27 p.m. ET

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"Now it's time for Congress to act by capping green house gas pollution."

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"We must put a value on carbon. Until we put a value on carbon, we're never going to be able to get serious about dealing with climate change longterm. Now putting a value on carbon either suggests that get a carbon tax or you go to a cap and trade system. Now we as western Governors and head of the Western Governors Association, and as the head of the Western Governors Association, I'm doing my best as the leader of this group to develop a comprehensive energy program that we're going to turn over to the next President of the United State. Which will include issues of affordability, issues of energy independence, and issues of sustainability. When I speak of sustainability I talk about ultimately a cap and trade system..."

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“Cap and trade is something that every governor looked at, every governor consulted CEOs and the experts on many years ago,” the newly minted presidential candidate told Fox’s Sean Hannity in an interview that aired Wednesday. Sitting in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, Huntsman said: “In today’s economic environment, there’s no way we should be promoting anything that stands in the way of economic and business recovery, and that would.”